Never forget fees vote

Never forget fees vote

Never forget fees vote

First published in Readers' letters

SIR – Once I stopped laughing at John Hall’s latest escape from reality (Letters, September 2), I thought that I had better reply once again. The Labour government did introduce tuition fees, as the numbers going to university had multiplied many times over and said that it was unfair to pay for this from general taxation. In their 2010 manifesto they said they would increase them by 10%, or £300 a year. The Liberal Democrats opposed tuition fees and PLEDGED that they would scrap them if elected to government. Where did I complain that the Lib Dems set too high a threshold for payback? Nowhere. In what parallel universe would the Lib Dems form the next government? David Ward was one of 28 Lib Dems to vote for the trebling of fees, whereas 21 voted against and eight abstained. Mr Hall is presumably seeking to mollify a disgusted electorate: we will see whether that works on May 7 2015.

Ian Parsons, Alexandra Road, Eccleshill

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